In the second Twenty20 International between Pakistan and New Zealand, at Hamilton, Pakistan won the toss and put the Kiwis into bat. Straight off, the tourists might have felt vindicated in that decision as pacer Abdul Razzaq got Jesse Ryder caught behind first ball. New batsman James Franklin, played out the rest of that over and the next quietly, taking New Zealand to 5/1 in 2 overs.
But Martin Guptill stepped on the gas in 3rd over, lofting Razzaq for a six over mid-wicket and then smashing him for a four in the vacant square-leg region. The Kiwis even got a little bonus when Razzaq bowled 4 byes.
In the next over, Guptill laid into Shoaib Akhtar, carting him for a huge six before New Zealand picked up five more runs from an overthrow moving to 34/1 in 4 overs. Guptill then smacked Gul for a four, while Franklin struck Riaz for a six in the next two overs, but leg-spinner Shahid Afridi got through a quiet 7th over, even as the hosts crossed 50. A couple more boundaries followed from the batting pair and Guptill finished off the 10th over with a six off Ajmal to take his side o 83/1.
Just two balls later, however, Afridi accounted for Guptill's wicket when he had him caught by Ajmal at midwicket. The batsman was on his way for 44 off 28 balls. In the 12th over, Afridi pegged back the hosts further when he got Franklin caught behind for 40 off 43 balls.
Shoaib then got in a quiet 14th over as New Zealand crosses 100, but Scott Styris cut loose in the 15th when he smashed Umar Gul for two fours and a six. Styris hit two more maximums and a four before getting out to Shoaib for 34 off a mere 14 balls. At that point New Zealand were looking goof at 117/4 in 15.4 overs.
Ross Taylor carried on from where Styris had left off, striking a six and four in the 17th over off Ajmal. Then in Pakistan's most expensive over of the match, McGlashan got Umar Gul away for three fours and two sixes in five consecutive balls, single handedly taking his side well past 150 by knocking off 25 runs in the over.
Riaz and Ajmal then tried to counter the Kiwi charge with a flurry of quick wickets, as McGlashan departed for 26 off 10 balls, Nathan McCullum walked for 1 off 3 balls, Kyle Mills was stumped for a duck. New Zealand had compiled a very competitive 185/7 in their 20 overs. Now can Pakistan that level of power-hitting?